Tuesday, September 13, 2005
Listening to God...
"Call to me and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and mighty things, which you do not know" Jeremiah 33:3.
Why is it that we fail to hear what He is saying? Is it that we believe it is a totally passive experience? That we should just sit and absorb what is being said to us? I believe good listening is an active endeavor requiring both attitude and action. Shouldn't we approach God confidently and expectantly, anticipating that He will communicate with us? I believe that is an expression of faith where we demonstrate that we believe His promises.
One thing we must do is approach the Lord with an attitude of patience (Psalm 40:1). I know I am not one who is thrilled with waiting but I do know that often God doesn't tell us everything at once. Sometimes we are not ready for everything He wants to say and He withholds information until we are prepared to listen. Other times He may be s-t-r-e-c-h-i-n-g our faith.
There is another attitude which involves action...listening actively. I love what Colossians 3:16 says, "Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom..." We are to be rich, abundant, and overflowing with the truth of God's Word. This comes about by meditating on Scripture.
Listen humbly and submissively for we must understand how absolutely dependent we are upon the Holy Spirit to reveal truth. Whether God speaks through Scripture, circumstances, prayer, or other people, it is the Spirit who enables us to hear.